“Fiona has a beautiful voice!” –Steve Twigger, guitarist, singer-songwriter of Gaelic Storm
“Lovely playing and singing!” –Matt Heaton
Fiona Howell plays flute, whistle, guitar, piano, and is a singer as well. Her repertoire is principally traditional Irish music, both instrumental and sean-nós (“old style)” singing. She began playing in Irish music sessions in New Orleans, New Hampshire, and Maine. She has studied in workshops with Hanz Araki and Nicole Rabata, and with Gaelic Storm at the band’s “Rag & Bone” workshop in 2013. She has played at regular sessions at the Irish House restaurant and pub in New Orleans since 2010, and at May Kelly’s Cottage in North Conway, NH. She has shared the stage with The Crescent City Celtic Band, Áine Ó Doherty and Danny Burns, Jacqui Sandor, Hannah Kreiger-Benson, and Rites of Passage. Fiona graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B. M. in Music in May 2014. She is also a student of the Irish language. Fiona attended the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts in June 2014, studying flute with Nicole Rabata and voice with John Doyle.
Fiona first studied music at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, the initial Waldorf School in the U.S., playing recorder and practicing voice in first grade and classical flute in fourth grade. She also studied piano with Irena Topchieva at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City. In high school in Tamworth, New Hampshire, Fiona studied flute with Doris Henney at the Mountain Top Music Center and was first flute for the Mountain Top Community Orchestra in North Conway, NH. She continued flute studies at Loyola University New Orleans under Patti Adams of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. When Fiona broke her wrist in 2013, she didn’t give up playing: she became even more serious about singing, especially Sean-Nós, and studied voice at Loyola with Betsy Uschkrat. Her mother, Laura Weymouth, is a singer-songwriter and a founding member of the original Tom Tom Club band (“Wordy Rappinghood,” “Genius of Love”). Fiona is the great-great-great-grandaughter of John Hannon Stokes, born 1805 in Roscommon, Ireland, home of many noted Irish flute players.
Fiona was featured in the New Hampshire Chronicle on March 17th, 2015- watch here: New Hampshire Chronicle on WMUR
Fiona played for a Fox 8 St. Patrick's Day broadcast at the Irish House in New Orleans, March 17th, 2015 at 8:40am.
Fiona appears in the book The Irish in New Orleans by Laura D. Kelley.
Fiona’s photo was featured in The Advocate, the New Orleans newspaper, along with a feature article on sessions at the Irish House. Irish House sessions have also been featured in Offbeat, the NOLA music magazine, in its March 2014 edition. Fiona has played for the McTeggart Irish School of Dance on Fox 8 TV news for St. Patrick’s Day 2014.